An advance medical decision, often referred to as an ‘advance directive’ or ‘living Will’ is a written statement of wishes about medical treatment should you become terminally ill or incapacitated. An advance medical decision allows a person to record their wish to refuse specified treatment in certain circumstances, such as :-
- Physical illness which is so serious that life is nearing an end and there is no likelihood of recovery;
- Physical illness with serious mental impairment;
- Permanent unconsciousness;
- The intention not to be resuscitated or receive treatment which will prolong life if circumstances such as those above should apply.
We can offer advice regarding the preparation of advance medical decisions in conjunction with any existing family arrangements, such as Powers of Attorney, and make sure the documents are bespoke to reflect an individual’s wish for specified treatment and circumstances. An advance medical decision does not ask medical professionals to do anything against the law but can be invaluable if decisions have to be made around prolonging an individual’s life.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss any of the issues raised above and should you have any other questions regarding advance medical decisions.